Language of Emotions : What Your Feelings Are Trying to Tell You

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  • Copyright: 2010-05-28
  • Publisher: Sounds True
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Most of us relate to our emotions by either running from the difficult ones or clinging to the pleasant ones. Karla McLaren suggests a radical new perspective: that all of our emotions are equally important messengers, ready to assist us in acting with full awareness and integrity. With The Language of Emotions, this empathic counselor and researcher gives us a breakthrough guide toward a new and empowering relationship with our feeling states. As a practical lexicon for working with a full spectrum of emotions, The Language of Emotions explores: The latest insights about emotion from psychology and neurology and how to apply them in real life Discovering your "internal compass" to utilize your emotions responsibly--instead of over-reacting to or repressing them Emotions as the gateway to personal healing and fulfillment When we learn to speak their language, every emotion becomes a powerhouse of energy and information that reveals the perfect solution to the situation in which it arose. For anyone seeking a wiser approach to their emotions, here is a muchneeded resource for self-understanding and inner freedom.

Author Biography

Karla McLaren is an award-winning author and pioneering educator whose empathic approach to emotions has taken her through the healing of her own childhood trauma into an empathic-healing career, and now into the study of sociology, neurology, cognitive psychology, and social psychology. She is the author of five books and six audio courses on self-healing.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Restoring Your Native Language
Introductionp. 3
Creating a Conscious Life
My Empathic Journeyp. 9
The Difficult Beginnings of Empathy
Troubled Watersp. 25
How We Got So Confused
It Takes A Villagep. 39
Surrounding Your Emotions with Support
Reviving Your Essential Naturep. 57
Making Room for Your Central Self
Avoidance, Addiction, and Awakeningp. 77
Understanding the Need for Distractions
Unintentional Shamansp. 91
The Role of Trauma in Soul-Making and Culture-Building
The Role of Emotions in The Resolution of Traumap. 113
Water Will Carry You Home
The Steadfast Promisep. 123
Why Love Is Not an Emotion
Building Your Raftp. 125
The Five Empathic Skills
Embracing Your Emotions
Wading Into The Waterp. 161
Awakening All of Your Emotions
Anger: Protection and Restorationp. 167
Includes Rage, Fury, and the Healing of Trauma
Apathy And Boredom: The Mask for Angerp. 191
Guilt And Shame: Restoring Integrityp. 197
Hatred: The Profound Mirrorp. 215
Includes Resentment, Contempt, Disgust, and Shadow Work
Fear: Intuition and Actionp. 235
Includes Anxiety, Worry, and the Healing of Trauma
Confusion: The Mask for Fearp. 257
Jealousy And Envy: Relational Radarp. 263
Includes Greed
Panic and Terror: Frozen Firep. 281
Includes Healing from Trauma
Sadness: Release and Rejuvenationp. 295
Includes Despair and Despondency
Grief: The Deep River of the Soulp. 311
Depression: Ingenious Stagnationp. 327
Focusing on Situational Depression
Suicidal Urges: The Darkness Before Dawnp. 345
Happiness: Amusement and Anticipationp. 359
Contentment: Appreciation and Recognitionp. 365
Joy: Affinity and Communionp. 369
Includes Exhilaration and Honoring Happiness in Others
Stress And Resistancep. 377
Understanding Emotional Physics
Emotions Are Your Native Languagep. 387
The Fine Art of a Life Well Lived
Acknowledgmentsp. 393
Notesp. 395
Further Resourcesp. 399
Indexp. 405
About The Authorp. 415
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